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obama is canceling plans to meet with russian president putin in moscow next month in retribution for russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to national security age leaker edward snowden. the white house says president obama still will attend the group of 20 economic summit in st. peterburg, shalala, -- russia, but has no plan to meet with putin. >> the home the scene of a heinous crime came crashing down in a few seconds. we will show you. >> a look outside from our camera, you can see the embarcadero center and the gray clouds. you cannot see quite >> you can see the embarcadero center. you can see the to which the building. the marine layer moved up to 2,500' so visibility is better. the extra 500' has more moisture. so we have drizzle for the commute. temperatures today from four degrees cooler in san francisco to six degrees in oakland and eight in san jose and napa and redwood city and live more, ten to 11 degrees cooler-than-average. storms are moving away from us and more storms are possible. a last lightning and thunder we will track tomorrow. high fire danger there
. >>> it's a rare honor bestowed on the bravest service members. today president obama will award the medal of honor to a soldier who grew up in the bay area. staff sergeant ty carter was serving in afghanistan in 2009 when the army said he went above the call of duty to retrieve supplies for fellow soldiers while his company was under attack by more than 200 taliban fighters. sergeant carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the medal of honor for actions in iraq or afghanistan. lisa argen is here now with a talk about the end of the month and how it's all shaping up. >> we are looking at a lot of cloud cover in san francisco, north of the bay, as well, the exploratorium. we are starting off much milder but that doesn't necessarily mean we will end up warmer today. i will explain and let you know how the rest of august is shaping up. >> also ahead, growing tensions in syria. how the united states could soon get involved. and emirates new zealand is now just a win away from advance to go the america's cup final against team oracle usa. what stopped the kiwis >> knew this morn
coming from hayward, slow down the speeds because there are very slick conditions. >> president obama is getting ready for martha's vineyard vacation but, first, going before the white house press corps with tough questions he is expected to face today. >> but any, a california police chase leads a minivan to flip over and it does not end here. we will show you what happens next. >> the widow of apple co-founder is part of a new power couple with a high would >> covering daly city, dublin/pleasanton, los gatos and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> good morning, in emeryville to the west this is what you see in the bay bridge with the traffic moving across and the low clouds over san francisco. >> check out this video in the newsroom showing a high-speed chase in southern california. this happened last night and look how it ends, boom. police surrounded the van but the driver refused to come out. he finally surrendered and police say before he flipped the minivan he could be seen tossing out clothes and papers from the vehicle. >> a 50-year-old kidnapping is making headlines agai
's a little later. >> thank you, lisa. it's 6:31 right now. >>> new this morning president obama is calling on congress to turn the page on what he calls the bubble-and-bust mentality that led to the housing market's collapse. in his weekly address, mr. obama announced steps he plans to take to strengthen the housing market. the president said it's time to build on progress being made by creating a better bargain for responsible middle class homeowners. >> congress should give every american the chance to refinance at today's low rates. we should help more qualified families get a mortgage and buy their first home. we should get construction workers back on the job, rebuilding communities hit hardest by the crisis. and we should make sure that folks who don't want to buy a home have a decent, affordable place to rent. >>> president obama is proposing to phase out mortgage giants fannie mae and freddy mac so private capital can play a bigger role in mortgages. he said the country must preserve access to 30 year fixed-rate mortgages. >> if you are headed outdoors this weekend, san jose will h
th anniversary of the many marching on washington joining president obama and former president clinton and jimmy carter remembering martin luther king j "i have a dream" teach with munitions -- musicians scheduled. >> an attorney for george zimmerman will ask the state of florida to cover up to $300,000 of his legal spends -- expenses. the lawyer says the law requires the state to pay all legal costs because he was acquitted of all charges after a five week trial in the shooting of trayvon martin. >> the mcmansion is back after downsizing during the recession the average size of a new home in the united states is now larger than ever. the "wall street journal" reports new homes are now a record 2,642 square feet larger than the record of 2,561 square feet in usually 23 -- 2009. home builders can make more money helping to pay for the rising cost of land and the bay area is included in the new trend and according to a recent housing report, the san jose sunnyvale and santa clara markets saw the 4th biggest increase in home sizes in the nation with a 15 percent jump. >> the numbe
of president obama's healthcare reform law, which will require all americans to have health insurance. >>> it's 6:07 now. bay area commuters could be on the verge of another transit strike. by more than a two-to-one margin, transit workers voted against a deal that would have given them a nearly 10% pay raise and improved health and safety conditions. negotiators reached the agreement with management 12 days ago, an hour before they were set to go on strike. union officials say the negotiating committee is discussing what to do next. >>> the threat of the strike comes as b.a.r.t. workers still haven't agreed to a new contract. a judge ordered a 60-day cooling-off period last weekend which delayed the possibility of another strike until october. both sides last met on august 10th. b.a.r.t. officials and union leaders say they remain far apart on many issues, including pay and benefits. >>> the driver of a ford pickup involved in a hit-and-run that killed a man in san jose remains on the loose this morning. it happened near harriet avenue saturday night. ashes from police flares were still visi
the winter olympics. >>> president obama says edward snowden is not a patriot for revealing government spying programs. coming up on "this week" george stephanopoulos speaks with snowden's father about his son's asylum in russia and what it means for u.s.-russian relations. you can watch "this week" here on abc7 at 8:00. >>> for many bay area students, back-to-school time is a little more than a week away, and to make sure some low-income kids have what they need, a program in san francisco handed out several of backpacks yesterday. each was stuffed with school supplies, courtesy of local groups and businesses. the public defender's office started the program back in 2006 to help disadvantaged students. >>> the world series dreams of the belmont redwood shores little leaguers ended last night with a loss in the western regional championship game in southern california. but there are plenty of fans waiting to welcome the all stars back home as heroes. those that were not able to make it to san bernardino gathered at the high school in belmont last night to often watch the game on our sister ne
news reporter has the latest. >> from the white house, president obama is weighing the option notice response to a chemical weapons attack he said syria's government carried out last week. the president is speaking with his national security team while assuring americans that a strike against bashar al assad's government would not result in a long-term conflict. >> we are looking at the possibility of a narrow, limited act. we aren't considering any open-ended commitment. we aren't considering any boots-on-the-ground approach. >> he said the u.s. is eyeing a measured response in the form of air strikes on syria's capital. >> they will go after the unit that conducted the attack on the civilians. they know where they are and they will punish them with strikes, but they will also do something visually compelling. they will level probably a military of defense building. >> but it may be a tough sell to the u.s. public. one new poll reveals 50% of the americans oppose taking military action in syria. the u.s. would be acting without the help. one of its strongest allies. britain's parli
shot him. >>> new this morning, a majority of california voters support president obama's health care reform law. the new field poll shows 53% of california voters support the law. 38% are opposed. the field poll finds supporters largely along party lines with democrats in favor and republicans oppose. here in the bay area and in los angeles, voters support health care reform by a 2-1 margin. opposition is stronger in the inland areas of the state. >>> new this morning, the san francisco fire department is taking a second look at its decision to ban helmet cams for its firefighters. that ban has been in place since 2009 but got new life when video from a firefighter's helmet at the asiana crash site resurfaced over the weekend. it showed footage right after the crash when a survivor was hit by a fire truck. the policy prohibits firefighters from recording emergencies without advance approval from the chief. though fire officials cite privacy concerns, they also say the footage has been useful to their investigation. and they'll consider making changes to the policy. >>> it's time to f
not be able to. the obama administration supports the parents in a brief in the court. two lower courts ruled only licensed professionals can administer the shots. >> orchard supply hardware has a new owner, it is official. >> trading is underway on wall street and the dow is down 31 points and we will go to skein king from the new york stock exchange. >> but, first, music fans shell out hundreds to see their favorite bands and they cannot get inside t >> covering walnut creek, burlingame, calculate belt, and all the bay area this is abc7 news. >> good morning, at 6:44. the golden gate bridge shows traffic moving fine but we have low clouds. our meteorologist says they will be clearing much more quickly today with the temperatures coming up. san jose an elderly man considered at risk is found safe. the 91-year-old was found near a shopping center this morning. he was reported missing yesterday. they were worried because he has alzheimer's disease and is disoriented but the man has been found, safe. >> asiana will give $10,000 to every survivor on board a flight that crashed at sfo last month.
insurgents killed the ambassador and three other americans. at the white house yesterday, president obama discussioned counterterrorism with the president of confirmen, a country hope to a top al qaeda affiliate. >> the threats are not only trans national in nature but also causing severe hardship for the people of yemen, themselves. >> the threats are urgent enough that the embassy in yemen's capital will be closed on sunday. >> the department says that the embassies could remain closed into next week but it is not just embassies. sources tell use that other american interests could be targets, too. >> new details, now, on n.s.a. leaker edward snowden. russia has granted the 30 year old american temporary asylum, and now his father is reacting to that news. he spoke to cnn's anderson cooper. >> i was surprised. i was thankful. it was a goo d-day. one more step of many. >> he said he believes his sons cannot get a fair trial in the united states. >> now we will check in on the forecast, obviously, a gray start. >> the fog is coming down. so far we do not have issues at sfo so those are a
population. abc7 news. >> knew this morning, president obama is calling on congress to act on his plan that he says is a better bargain for the middle class. in his weekly address the president says the country has fought its way back from recession and started to lay a foundation for stronger economic growth. but he says more work needs to be done. he says middle class families need help getting good jobs, owning homes, getting affordable healthcare and securing retirement. >> there are no gimmicks when it comes to creating jobs. there are no tricks to growing the economy. reversing the long erosion of middle class security in this country won't be easy, but if we work together and take a few bold steps, and if washington is willing to set aside politics and focus on what really matters, we can grow our economy and give the middle class a better bargain. >> senator susan collins of maine delivered the gop address. she says obamacare discourages small businesses from creating jobs and hiring new employees. >>> bay bridge are putting new pieces of the span under the microscope after doz
will not be enforced against olympic athletes. >>> the obama administration has handed cupertino-based apple a victory by overturning a ban on the import and sale of older apple devices. the ban would have made selling imported apple i-phone 4s, 3gs and older models illegal. it was ordered in an ongoing feud between apple and it's chief rival, samsung. >>> the overwhelming majority of responsible pet owners follow the recommendation of animal care experts and get their dogs spayed or newtered. but new research is raising questions about the best time for having it done. abc7 news health and science reporter carolyn johnson explains. >>> it's okay. >> for two-year-old caleb this visit to the hospital is just routine. these healthy, happy and like a majority of dogs who visit, fit. >> she's spayed. she's two years old. according to the humane society, nearly 80 percent of dogs with owners are spade or neutered. the result of tireless campaigning by animal shelters who are forced to euthanize millions of animals every year. >> it's important to spay or neuter our pets. due to overpopulation. >> this is l
this week to block imports of older samsung models. this move comes a few days after the obama administration projected apple from a demand by samsung when they wanted to block the import of apple products. do you like the looks of wendy's pretzel bacon cheeseburger, already so popular an analyst says sales for the month could hit an all-time high the best product launch in 10 years according to an analyst from the new york post, and said it last best product was the salads in 2002. >> we are talkinged for but we will turn to the weather this morning. >> we are talking buns. >> hamburgers. >> explain pea soup. >> now, buns, hamburger buns. >> you keep talking about food. someone get her some food, now, the weather, live doppler 7 hd showing it is drizzle only, not a hard rain. however, that is enough to cause flight arrival delays into sfo and you can see the camera is season a couple of blocks away from coit tower and you can see how hard it is to see. temperatures are still below average because of a sea breeze with more drizzle tonight, probably the last night, dealing with
or thought it would get that bad of the president obama canceled the egypt military exercise with egypt but has not mentioned cutting back on the more than $1 billion in aid the united states gives to that country. today's day of rage is in defiance of the military imposed stated of emergency. it is early afternoon in egypt and there is a nighttime curfew in place. so, time will tell how today unfolds. >> the low number of visitors at san francisco's new exploritorium is costing some employ ease their jobs because 80 positions are eliminated with crowds were smaller than projected with a science museum moved to the new digs on the embarcadero in april. and northbound 680 has a sig-alert and the cars going nowhere. >> that is right. northbound 680 we have all lanes blocked because of an overturned big rig and zero miles per hour in the area. folks that are stuck cannot go anywhere. c.h.p. will have to turn them around some way get them off the freeway. they are saying folks are having to call in sick because there is no way to get anyone and this is causing painful drive in the southboun
seasons hotel. president obama has asked egypt to lift the state of emergency declared earlier this week. >> we know the new eastern span of the bay bridge will open over labor day weekend. but what happens to the old one? wayne freedman has more on the tear-down. >> they say we are a disposing society, easy come, easy go, newbie gets old but when it comes to bridges we are still sentimental, apparently. >> i knew it was going away and we are thinking we are going to miss the old bridge. it's roughly a week and a half until the eastern span of the bay bridge becomes obsolete and abandoned, at least by cars. if you assume demolition would be easy, here comes andrew gordon to ward us off. >> it will be very complicated. >> millions of parts to join. a structure 8 1/4 miles long. >> it cost $77 million to bridge. that was in the seven inflationary decades later the eastern span alone will cost almost $300 million to bring down. the deconstruction, if you want to call it that, will take place in three different sections simultaneously by three different contractors working from the top right
on president obama to pardon him. >> the north bay remains under a red flag warning and bay area fire departments are responding. >> a stunning request from the family of the man accused of kidnapping a teen and taking her to idaho and what they want from hannah anderson. you can see the bay, the bay bridge and trafficking is moving okay. mike will tell you about that and leyla gulen has the >> we are back at 6:39. and back in school at san lenadro starting today, 57 degrees, at 7:30 under clouds, and mostly sunny by the afternoon hours and 71 degrees. so, good luck and congratulations. we talk about the game at the coliseum, 12:35 first pitch, 71 and a high burn index here but it is because of the u.v. index and we will head over to at&t park at 12:45 we have 60 degrees also, and 64 and warming up to 66 and it will be breezy at times. if you travel around, the best chance of thunderstorms in the sierra, a smoky 94 in i don't -- in yosemite. >> as we look at our map you can see a buildup of slow downs over the a pass along 580 in livermore and it clears before you reach the dublin int
to be awarded the medal of honor from president obama. the 33-year-old staff sergeant learned last month he was chosen to receive the highest military honor. three years ago in afghanistan he braved enemy fire, twice, to save a fellow soldier. >> the burning man festival is underway today in the nevada desert and it could be the biggest one in the 30--year history after the maximum newspaper of people allows rode from 50,000 to 68,000 taking place in the black rock desert 9. >> check out this picture from take law to you cannot see from one side to the other because of the smoke being so thick. as far as what we are dealing with at home we will have sunshine by noon everywhere but for the coast and temperatures erupting from 62 at the coast to 86 inland. >> seven, a look at the bay bridge toll plaza an accident in and the number one lane is cleared but we have delays arm from berkeley as we go to the map we have this problem in san francisco, northbound 101 causing a pinch in the commute with one lane blocked and slow traffic coming away from the 280 extension. >> a little pinch? like that.
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